When it comes to repairs to your home, one issue can be attributed to a tiny insect – termites. These pests have a voracious appetite for wood that can lead to major problems and leave you with costly repairs.
Signs of Termites
There are several telltale signs that your home has termites setting up residence and are dining on it every day. The following are a few things to look for when doing a visual inspection.
– Holes: Check wood fittings around doors, windowsills, decks, steps, wood paneling, wood floors, doors, or any other wood-based structure for tiny round holes about the size of the head of a nail.
– Cracks: Check all areas for cracks in the wood. Termites eat from the inside out, so instead of holes you may see a series of dry cracks and crevices. Wood that has been eaten by termites is easy to puncture. You can also tap it. If it sounds hollow, most likely termites have been chewing away.
– Droppings: Check around wood areas for a fine powdery substance that resembles sawdust. This fine dust may be droppings from drywood termites.
– Mud tubes: If you see small tunnels, these are termite subways into your home.
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If you’re planning an end-of-summer picnic in your yard, don’t let bugs ruin it for you. There are several ways that you can keep insect pests at bay, so you can have a fun and enjoyable time.
Keep Food and Drinks Covered Up
Ants, wasps, flies and other bugs are attracted to the scent of foods and drinks, especially if they’re sweet. Store food in tightly sealed containers, put leftovers away and place covers on open cans. Don’t forget to clean up crumbs and other messes right away to prevent an ant problem.
Get Rid of Standing Water
Standing water provides places for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Getting rid of these sources of water helps reduce mosquito populations. Just to be safe, apply a bug repellent in the evening, so you won’t end up with itchy welts.
If you’ll have guests coming in and out of your house during your picnic, make sure your screen doors don’t have any holes or tears. They can let bugs in, which could end up causing you to seek help from NJ pest control services before summer is over. Patch them up before your picnic, and you won’t have to worry about outdoor pests becoming indoor ones.
Whether you’re having backyard trouble with wasps, ants or flies, our NJ pest control services can help. Contact Allison Pest Control for more information on what we offer.